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Middle Class Woes Should Drive Obama Speech -- And Acts

Howard Fineman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Why wait for the president's speech? If you want to know his theme -- and it's hardly a surprise -- just glance at the quintessential Beltway pre-spin transaction: White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer's "exclusive" preview feed to Mike Allen's "Playbook." According to Pfeiffer, President Barack Obama is going to ... champion the middle class, which, Pfeiffer points out, his boss has done consistently since he began running for the highest office in the land back in 2007. That's true. I was there. Obama always has cited improving the economic lot of the middle class as a central purpose. So has every other politician in modern times. But as Obama prepares to deliver his latest State of the Union address, the issue isn't rhetoric -- it's results. And while the words are there, the results, to be blunt, are not.

Christina Wilkie

Newtown Senator Demands NRA CEO 'Reject' Gun Lobbyist Comments | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut demanded on Tuesday that the National Rifle Association and its CEO, Wayne LaPierre, "...

Who Will Be Joining Michelle Obama At SOTU?

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

The White House has released the names of those who will have the honor of being First Lady Michelle Obama's guests at tonight's State of the Union ad...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

State Of The Union Unlikely To Change Obama's Approval Ratings | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night may do much to outline his second term priorities, but if history is a...

David Wood

North Korea Nuclear Test Should Prompt New Arms Reductions, Expert Says | David Wood | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With an arsenal that could rain down hundreds of devastating nuclear warheads on North Korea, the United States can afford to react calm...

Obama Will 'Throw Down The Gauntlet'

Real Clear Politics | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Here’s what we know about President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night: It will include some news -- as in new challenges aimed at C...

Michael Calderone

Obama Lunches With Anchors Before State Of The Union | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.12.2013 | Media

President Obama will have lunch Tuesday with several TV anchors and hosts, fulfilling a White House tradition held the afternoon before giving the Sta...

Jason Linkins

State Of The Union Drinking Game | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

Well, hello there, kids! Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, and you know what that means, don't you? Well, in case you haven't heard, tonight is the nig...

Ed Today: 'House Of Cards' Goes Where No Congress Has Gone In Recent Years; SOTU And Early Education

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Netflix Reauthorizes No Child Left Behind? Or so quips this EdWeek headline. Real-life Congress hasn't yet reauthorized NCLB (since 2007!), but characters on the Netflix series "House of Cards" do. "[Writer Beau] Willimon noted on Twitter that he hinged the plot on education because it affects us all directly and indirectly, and because of the contention that often revolves around education reform," EdWeek writes. Read the full story for a taste of which education fights the show covers. My take: Obviously TV isn't reality, but there are a few major inaccuracies. The most glaring one in my eyes is that teachers unions can't legally hold a national strike over some federal legislation they dislike!

Obama Focusing Big Speech On Jobs

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama...

Police Chief To Attend SOTU, Advocate For Stricter Gun Control

Newsday | Patrick Whittle | Posted 04.14.2013 | New York

Malverne police Chief John Aresta knows what guns can do in the wrong hands. He lost one of his closest friends in law enforcement to a shooting, and ...

Rubio, GOP Casting Obama Agenda As 'Big Government'

Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

By KEN THOMAS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republicans intend to cast President Barack Obama's second-term agenda as more "big government" ...

Joy Resmovits

State Of The Union Likely To Focus On Littlest Learners | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama made K-12 education a major component of his 2012 State of the Union Address -- so much so that the topic garnered the most tra...

Sam Stein

Another Obama Flop Prosecuting Wall Street -- So Far | Sam Stein | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours before last year's State of the Union address, the Obama administration offered The Huffington Post an exclusive. During his speec...

A 'Laundry List' Tradition Worth Reviving

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress used to take the president a lot more seriously, which is a tradition that seems ripe for revival.

Chris Kirkham

Why Job Creation Won't Come Easy In Obama's Second Term | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

When President Barack Obama steps to the podium for Tuesday night's State of the Union address, nearly everyone expects him to lay out proposals to ge...

Janell Ross

Obama's State Of The Union Address Will Mention Immigration Reform | Janell Ross | Posted 02.12.2013 | Latino Voices

When President Barack Obama stands before Congress Tuesday and offers his vision for the country’s future, most expect him to mention controversial ...

Laid-Off Employee Of Bain-Owned Company To Attend SOTU

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A laid-off employee from a company owned by Bain Capital will join Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) as her guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesda...

Mother Of Slain Chicago Teen Gets White House Invite

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined at Tuesday's State of the Union address by the mother and father of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago...

Poll: Obama Trusted Over GOP On Key Issue

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

American voters give President Obama an edge over the GOP on several national issues -- including the economy -- according to a Quinnipiac poll releas...

Team Obama To Launch Campaigns Tied To Big Speech

Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

BY JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The White House and outside supporters of President Barack Obama are launching simultaneous soci...

Obama To Tout SOTU Proposals On The Road

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to three states over three days after giving his State of the Union address o...

Former GOP Senator: Stop Clapping During State Of The Union!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics

Kay Bailey Hutchison is no longer in the Senate, and she's now sounding off on what annoyed her during her time in Congress. During a discussion o...

What To Look For In Obama's State Of The Union Speech

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - After staking out an unapologetically progressive vision in his inaugural address l...

Obama To Reveal Key Plan During State Of The Union

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

* Addressing "kitchen-table worries" of Americans * New spending could face stiff Republican opposition By Jeff Mason an...